Anti-gun legislators led by Senate President John Cullerton and backed by Governor Patrick Quinn (D) substituted and passed sweeping draconian gun and magazine bans in the Senate Public Health Committee today.  House Bill 1263, amended to include a ban on many commonly owned firearms passed in this committee by a 6 to 4 vote.  House Bill 815, which was amended to include a magazine ban and shooting range restrictions, passed by a 6 to 3 vote.  Additionally, amendments have been filed to remove the hunting exception and could be introduced and considered on the Senate floor tomorrow.  These actions prove once again that Chicago politicians seem more focused on creating new classes of criminals out of law-abiding citizens than dealing effectively with their current violent crime problems.

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